You do not usually wash yourself clean before taking a shower. A doctor does not tell anyone who is ill to be healthy first and then seek medical attention. A hospital does not have the slogan – “Only healthy people are welcome”. As Christians, we must ensure that we do not, with our attitude or preaching, make people believe – that they must “be saved, sanctified or qualified” before they can receive grace from God.
“When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17
Repentance and faith mean that you realize your own imperfection and decide to turn to Jesus. Just like someone who is sick turns to a doctor.
The gospel in its proper element
The gospel solves catch 22 and the vicious circle. The gospel is designed to be sent straight into darkness and hopelessness, but also into the illusion of self-sufficiency. All human endeavors to get people “qualified” before Jesus can save and heal them, is to drain the gospel of it’s power. Why tell people to stop sinning so that God can give them grace? That’s exactly what they can’t. They cannot stop sinning, therefore they are perfect candidates and qualified to receive help from Jesus. (Of course, doing one’s best is always good and protects oneself and others from unnecessary suffering and problems).
The Apostle Paul wrote: “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.” 1 Tim. 1:15
Before Paul got saved he was persecuting the believers. Jesus came to save sinners. All people need the salvation of Jesus, both great sinners and self-righteous “little sinners”. Just as a doctor wants to help those who are sick, Jesus wants to save. Jesus forgives sins and redeems us from the power of sin.
Come to Jesus today
Today, Jesus can move into your heart, when you believe in Him as your Savior, “and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” Eph. 3:17
Tell Jesus that you want Him to forgive and redeem you from sin. He is a specialist in that field and He loves when sinners come to Him. He is rich in grace and He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus saves us by grace, totally free, because He has already paid the price for our salvation, through His death on the cross and the resurrection from the dead. By believing in Jesus, we receive this wonderful grace.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
When you believe in Jesus, you are reconciled to God and forgiven. God has a plan for your life and He wants to help you walk in His ways.
Remain in God’s grace
You both become and remain saved by grace. If you are new or old in the faith, be sure to remain in God’s grace. Maybe you are old in faith but wrestling with some sin. You could neither save yourself nor remain saved through your own power. So, give up, and go to Jesus and let Him help you with what you wrestle with. You cannot qualify yourself but only receive grace, through faith.
“For we do not have a High Priest (Jesus) who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebr. 4:15-16
There is grace to help you today. Receive by believing in Jesus.
God bless you.
/ David Billström